Today in 1866: in the worst defeat the U.S. Army has yet suffered in Indian warfare, the Oglala Sioux crush two companies of white soldiers on the plains outside Fort Kearney. Native people will call it the “Battle of the Hundred Slain”. Among whites, the fight will become known as the “Fetterman Massacre”.
The battle is part of a continuing war between the United States and the Sioux to keep the Bozeman Trail and its forts out of the Powder River hunting grounds. After two years of resistance, Chief Red Cloud will win the war, and the Sioux will burn the forts along the Powder River after the U.S. army abandons them.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Today is the Longest Night National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day! This memorial service is for neighbors who died and were homeless, on the longest night of the year. The service starts at 4, and will conclude at 4:45, so homeless attendees can enter the shelter at Grace Episcopal Church at 5 pm. This will be at the intersection of East Main, South Pickney, and King Street – near the State Capitol – where Dwayne Warren died in 2009. More info at 256-0906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is the 10th anniversary of the Starkweather Solstice Bonfire! It starts this afternoon at 4:30pm at the Olbrich Park ball diamond, 3527 Atwood Avenue. More info at starkweather.friends.org.
Tomorrow is the last indoor MadWest Farmers’ Market. This is Saturday from 8:30am to noon at Lussier Community Education Center, 55 South Gammon Road. More info at 772-4461.
Bless the Animals, a Healing Horsemanship program, will be Sunday from noon to 3 pm, at the Interstate Horse Center in Stoughton. Learn how animals serve the community, meet program animals, and help honor them for their healing work. There will be refreshments, farm tours, and a meditative experience held within sacred space surrounded by animals. All of this will be to honor and celebrate the animals in our lives. Donations to support the animals are appreciated but not necessary. This will be at 2655 County Road BN in Stoughton. More info at 608-873-0572.